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Scientific classification (junior synonym of Attini)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Cephalotini
Smith, 1949
Type genus

This taxon is not in use as it is currently considered to be a junior synonym of Attini.


The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • CEPHALOTINI [junior synonym of Attini]
    • Cephalotini Smith, M.R. 1949c: 19. Type-genus: Cephalotes Latreille, 1802a: 357.

Taxonomic History

  • Cephalotini as tribe of Myrmicinae: Smith, M.R. 1949c: 19; Kempf, 1951: 11; Kempf, 1952: 1; Kempf, 1958a: 1; subsequent authors; Bolton, 2003: 56, 194.
  • Cephalotini as senior synonym of Cryptoceridae: Smith, M.R. 1949c: 18. [Cephalotini retains priority over Cryptoceridae under Article 40.2 of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (4th Edition), 1999: 46.]
  • Cephalotini as junior synonym of Attini: Ward, et al. 2015: 77.

Taxonomic References

Emery, 1895j: 771 (diagnosis); Wheeler, W.M. 1910g: 141 (diagnosis); Emery, 1914a: 39, 42 (diagnosis (in key), synoptic classification); Forel, 1917: 246 (synoptic classification); Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 665 (genera key); Emery, 1924d: 299 (diagnosis, genera key, catalogue); Kempf, 1951: 11 (revision of tribe, genera key); Kempf, 1958a: 4 (Argentina fauna); Kempf, 1973c: 461 (genera); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1976b: 59 (larvae, review and synthesis); Kugler, C. 1978a: 473 (sting structure); Hölldobler & Wilson, 1990: 16 (synoptic classification); Brandão, 1991: 391 (Neotropical fauna, synoptic classification); Bolton, 1994: 105 (synoptic classification); Bolton, 1995a: 1040 (census); Bolton, 1995b: 10 (catalogue); De Andrade & Baroni Urbani, 1999: 1 (diagnosis, review of tribe, revision of genera); Bolton, 2003: 56, 194 (diagnosis, synopsis).